SOURCE: The Forward

December 12, 2008 09:00 ET

The Forward Receives Three "IPPIES" Awards for Journalistic Excellence

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - December 12, 2008) - The Forward, America's most influential Jewish weekly newspaper, was awarded three "IPPIES" for journalistic excellence from the Independent Press Association (IPA).

The IPPIES are the only journalism awards that honor the outstanding work of New York journalists, photographers, graphic artists, editors and publishers of ethnic community press. They also honor works of journalists that publish in languages other than English. The IPA is a non-profit organization that promotes and supports independent publications committed to social justice and a free press.

"The Forward has been out front from day one covering the multi-dimensional events surrounding the kosher meat industry, from immigration, religious and political perspectives," explains Jane Eisner, Forward editor. "We are pleased that the IPA has recognized our efforts and our other areas of achievement once again this year."

J.J. Goldberg, the Forward's editorial director, was awarded first place in the "Best Editorial/Commentary" category for "Judging Character -- and Kashrut." The editorial, published on August 15, traces the history of the problems at Agriprocessors plant in Postville, Iowa and the Rubashkins's legal entanglements. In the piece, Goldberg provides a compelling argument that character does count, in addition to religious law, when judging whether meat is truly kosher.

Former Forward writer Jennifer Siegel was honored with first place in the "Best Election Coverage" category for "Religious Right Gears Up to Push Political Choices from the Pulpit." The lead story on June 19 examines the plan formulated by the Alliance Defense Fund to endorse candidates from the pulpit, despite the Church's tax-exempt status.

Freelancer Michael Casper was granted a second place "IPPIE" in the "Best Feature" category for his Fast Forward piece, "The Bokhers of Summer." The feature profiled the Stormers, a group of young men from Williamsburg's insular Hasidic Satmar community, and their lively weekly softball games on Sundays in a Brooklyn Park.

At the Awards dinner on Friday, December 6, keynote speaker Julia Preston, New York Times Immigration reporter praised the Forward and Nathaniel Popper for the "blistering report" published two years ago about problems at the Agriprocessors plant in Postville, Iowa. She noted that the Forward has written "story after story" about the plant and the plight of their immigrant workers, many of them underage, who have been exploited, deported and held without means in order to testify.

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